Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
ISBN: 1608198065
EAN13: 9781608198061
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 10.00" L x 8.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview
#1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the crazy closet--with predictable results--the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies--an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

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    Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir is 240 pages long.

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    Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir was written by Roz Chast

  • Which awards has Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won?

    Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the following awards:

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award in category Nonfiction.

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the National Book Awards in category Nonfiction.

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the National Book Critics Circle Award in category Autobiography.

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the New England Book Award in category Nonfiction.

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the L.A. Times Book Prize in category Graphic Novel.

    in 2014 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the Kirkus Prize in category Nonfiction.

    in 2015 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in category Humor.

    in 2015 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the Books for a Better Life in category Inspirational Memoir.

    in 2015 Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir won the Indies Choice Book Awards in category Nonfiction.

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